Listen, Learn, then Lead

Bitch Session

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

The Purge: During the last decade of my corporate experience, I worked on several complex projects. Our company went through two successive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software installations about five years apart. It took a while to learn that it was necessary and useful to allow the project team and the users to have a “bitch session.” As long as …

Interruptions

A Thousand Noes

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Focused: I am finding it more challenging to stay focused these days. There are numerous interruptions from multiple devices—PC, Laptop, Phone, and text messages on several of those devices. In trying to stay focused on this blog post, for example, I am contending with text messages from my auto repair technician, my wife out shopping, and notices of arriving e-mails …

Dental Paperwork

Dental Paperwork

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Surprise: It was time. The pandemic shutdown notwithstanding, I had to get to the dentist for a cleaning that I had been putting off far too long. So, I called for an appointment. I have been going to this dental office for many years. I was quite happy with the hygienist and the conservative way the dentist handled my teeth. …

Setting a Clear, Compelling Vision

The Vision Thing

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Inspiration: The voters believed that President George H.W. Bush had the experience, judgment, integrity, and a steady hand for his office. He knew “how” to get things done. However, he struggled with, in his words, “the vision thing.” Every leader knows that to inspire people to follow them, they need a compelling vision. Simon Sinek called it the “why.” Nietzsche …

Build Community

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Clarity of Values and Vision: A community is a group of animals living in the same place or having particular characteristics in common. In the case of human beings, we create communities inside our organizations as well as in our living spaces. When we speak of building community, we generally mean the specific action of purposefully bringing people together around …